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Save money on your monthly sewer charges
December 29, 2013

YOU WILL SEE PRINTED ON YOUR CURRENT WATER BILL:

SEWER CHARGES ARE BASED ON WATER USAGE SHOWN ON YOUR UPCOMING JANUARY, FEBRUARY, AND MARCH WATER BILLS.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU AS A “CONSUMER” throughout the year……$$$$$$$$

If you have been following my updates on the water and sewer rates and explanations this is the monthly rate that they will charge you throughout the next year. A savings of even a little can mean a lot over the 12 months. At this point in the process the calculations will be made on your consumption from the January, February, and March reading of your water meter. This is done by adding your units (one unit =748 gallons) billed and divide by 3 to get your monthly average used for calculations. Recall it was advised in earlier postings to keep those months as low as possible. You then take the average and multiply it times .80 to give you 80% of your water consumption. The City assumes that you discharge 80% in the sewer during your lowest consumption of the year. You then multiply that number times $2.3056 to get your new sewer charge, oh yes adding the $1.22 fixed charge and the taxes and fees. At that point it goes over my head........

IMPORTANT You can within 60 days of the rate adjustment (this adjustment occurs in July) file a "request for sewer fee adjustment" the form is located HERE. This must be based on 1) Total area of lawn. garden, or ground cover watered during the winter months in square feet;2) Leaks repaired during January, February, or March (receipts required); 3) Pool filled or repairs made during January, February, or March (specify gallons). A customer files a written complaint with the Director alleging that a significant portion of his water use does not enter the sewer system, the Director, in accordance with written appeals procedure, will provide an opportunity for the customer to present his supporting documentation to an employee designated by the Director to hear complaints. The Director shall have the authority to investigate and evaluate customer complaints and appeals from billing decisions of his subordinates and may correct such billing to reflect what in his opinion the correct billing should be, where he finds that a meter has been misread or some other obvious billing error has occurred. If the Director determines that a significant amount of water was used during the winter months for lawns, shrubbery or other non-sewer purposes, he shall have the authority to make a corresponding reduction in the sewer billing on subsequent billings only.

Other information can be found at the City of Phoenix Web site linked HERE

Calculation of sewage flow shall be based upon the following proportion of metered water consumption each year.
(1) Eighty percent of the average monthly water billed during the preceding January, February and March multiplied by the SFSF shall represent sewage flow for single-family residential customers.
(3) Eighty-five percent of the average monthly water billed during the preceding January, February and March multiplied by the SFSF shall represent sewage flow for all multifamily residential customers and all commercial customers.


SFSF

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Billed water consumption per account used for sewer rates Current billed sewer flow per account from water consumption.

CONSERVING WATER IN OUR DESERT IS WISE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY. WITH THE RECENT RAINS OUR LANDSCAPING REQUIRES LESS WATER.  Pay attention during these months, and avoid bathing and cleaning cloths often






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